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When this bat mitzvah was cancelled, they took their food to quarantined folk

Good deeds are happening everywhere

Like everything, Jordana Shmidman's bat mitzvah celebration in New York had to be postponed because of coronavirus. However, since the food for the event was already prepared, the Shmidman family decided to pack it up and deliver it to people stuck in quarantine.

The food was delivered to staff members of a local high school, who were quarantined after two students tested positive for coronavirus. Jordana herself was a student of the SAR Academy in Riverdale, New York, but the school closed in early March, sending all staff and students home.

The celebration was scheduled to intersect with the Jewish holiday of Purim, which involves eating a festive meal. Therefore, the boxes sent out to quarantined individuals contained portions of pesto salmon, balsamic chicken, a "rocket dog" package with a hamburger, hot dog, fries and onion rings, butternut squash soup, fresh fruit, dinner rolls, and traditional hamantaschen cookies for the holiday of Purim.

Lauren Katz, SAR High School's director of alumni relations and communications, told Insider: "The Shmidman family donated the food not used for the bat mitzvah, and Foremost Caterers packaged up everything and coordinated things onsite with our volunteers. We had two dozen parent volunteers, from each of the communities our faculty live: Bergen County, Riverdale/Bronx, Westchester, Manhattan, Queens and Rockland County."

This is yet another example of the kindness that emerges in times of desperation like this. As the coronavirus spreads further, communities are rallying together to help one another through... albeit at a 2m distance.

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